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the Obama administration blew it by bringing charges under the Espionage Act, which theoretically gave Hong Kong a way to invoke the political exception to any extradition request
The Hong Kong justice secretary did not invoke a political exception when explaining why Snowden had not been extradited. He said the problem was that Snowden's name was spelled differently on various forms submitted by the United States.
Originally posted by Skyfloating
The U.S. Government is not united. Not even the parties amongst themselves are united. Snowden may even be an agent of some U.S. Government faction that wanted this stuff exposed. The idea that everyone in the Government has the same views and is working on the same agenda and thats its only "Us (People) vs. Them (Government)" is silly. There are a lot of internal battles going on. So your theory may very well be right.edit on 25-6-2013 by Skyfloating because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by alldaylong
I think the answer is much simpler. Countries around the world are putting two fingers up to the US. Where in the past if The US asked for something then it was usually done. Not anymore. Look at the case of Garry McKinnon as just one example.